#MotivationalMonday C2C Mini-Blog: Laugh Your Way to a Happy New Year

#MotivationalMonday C2C Mini-Blog: Written By Katherine M.

“Reality is the leading cause of stress for those in touch with it.” Jane Wagner, writer for Lily Tomlin  

Don’t you just love that quote?

Especially with the reality of the New Year, right around the corner… Reality, it’s something to look forward to, right? Huh?

OK – I’ll lay off the dark humor…even though in a kind of cool twisted way, I know it can make you laugh, in spite of your worries or the dread you may be feeling when faced with a Whole.New.Year.Ahead.

Why would I want to make you laugh?

Because laughter eases anxiety and can help you deal with reality without getting bogged down in it. It actually changes your bio-chemistry!

Laughter is a natural stress, hormone, and mood balancer. Here are just 3 of the benefits – there are many more:

  • It lowers levels of stress hormones – we all need that!
  • It increases endorphins, our happy brain chemical, without having to run for an hour.
  • It increases immune function, which is a real boon during the dark days of the flu season.

And what if things are so bad you don’t feel like laughing?

Fake it till you make it – it still works, even fake smiling will give you benefits. And once you get going it’s infectious 🙂 If I am alone, I like to read iphone bloopers for a good belly laugh and some tears to top it off.

How to get started:

  • If you haven’t cracked a smile in awhile you may have to loosen up your facial muscles with a simple smile first. Try it in the mirror first to make sure your face doesn’t break.
  • Is commuting a daily trek into sadness and melancholy? Reset your expectations here, here, and here.

So take a little break to breathe and have a laugh at these crazy times we live in -especially with the people who have the same sense of humor as you – dark or light…

Warm wishes for a nourishing New Year!

Written by Katherine our Menopause & Holistic Health Coach: Book your free 15-minute laser coaching session with Katherine Here

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog: Going Dark

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.

Time to GO DARK?

This week, many will be spending time with friends and family to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or just to eat amazing food with people who matter. Why dark?

Work demands rapid responses. Smartphones are a constant interruption. Social media is a steady distraction. Technology interprets certain aspects of human relationships.Have you ever texted someone in the same room, instead of talking to them? If not, you’ve probably seen it.

So, here is your #WisdomeWed Tip:

  • Challenge yourself and a few others to “go dark” this weekend
  • Turn off your smartphone for most of the day
  • Have some face to face conversationsNot sure what that looks like… even more reason to power down and GO DARK for a little bit…
Written by Greg, our Performance and Executive Coach: Book your free 15-minute laser coaching session with Greg Here

#TransformationalTuesday C2C Mini-Blog: De-stress and Get Nourished

Written by Barb M – C2C’s Holistic Health Coach

We all lead such stressful lives these days, taking care of the kids, rushing off to work, rushing back home so we can get the dinner on the table, clean up the kitchen, throw in a load of  laundry, read a bedtime story and before you know it we’re running on empty. Only to get up the next morning and do it all over again. Are you getting any time for you? To do the things that bring you joy? I’ll bet the answer is no.

We all need time to recharge our batteries and in most cases those times are few and far between. When was the last time you curled up with a good book? Or hopped into bed, turned on a good movie only to fall asleep 10 minutes in? I get it I’ve been there.

Self-care is such an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  A healthy diet plays a big part but feeling happy and fulfilled is also key. Sometimes we’re so busy doing for others that we’ve lost touch with ourselves and what our needs are.

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#MotivationalMonday C2C Mini-Blog: Holiday Forgiveness Practice

#MotivationalMonday C2C Mini-Blog: Written By Katherine M.

Do you ever feel like you are all alone struggling with a lack of willpower, wacky hormones, waking up exhausted, having no time for yourself…while making a superhuman effort to be successful…

…and make the holidays beautiful and sparkly for everyone?

Well, it may damn well feel like you are alone, but I am here to say you are not.

In fact, you are in the majority!

I don’t mean to say that everyone is walking around depressed and unhappy…

In fact, most of us happily take on more than we can do, and take pride in taking care of others, and getting prodigious amounts of stuff DONE! It feels good!

At the same time, most of the women (and some of the men) that I speak with are expressing this sense of aloneness – of having to shoulder it all themselves, suffer in silence, make everyone happy…

…and feeling profoundly inadequate when they can’t do it all.

There is a lot of self-judging going on, a deep inner feeling of inadequacy. I know this personally we women are hardest on ourselves.

If this is you or someone you know, there is a way to feel better – to stop the judging, and cut yourself some slack.

It’s a little forgiveness practice I learned from one of my coaches, a way to create some emotional and psychic healing for yourself.

  • Close your eyes, take a deep breath, relax.
  • Take another deep breath, and do a review of the things you didn’t get done yesterday, the things you didn’t do as well as you wanted, the things you didn’t have the “willpower” to complete.
  • Take another deep breath, and on the exhalation, release those undone things, let go of the worry, the self-flagellation. Yesterday is gone and so are those unfinished to-dos.
  • Repeat this step as much as you need to, to really forgive yourself for not being super human.
  • Now take another deep breath, and think about all the things you have to do today. On the exhalation, create space around these things, knowing you won’t do it all, and knowing it’s ok, you have already forgiven yourself for not getting it all done.
  • Forgive yourself for not getting it all done, for not doing it all perfectly, for not always knowing how to take care of yourself, now and forever.

This practice has been a Godsend for me, and I hope it is for you too. Try this practice, and tell me how it works for you!

Written by Katherine our Menopause & Holistic Health Coach: Book your free 15-minute laser coaching session with Katherine Here

#ThankfulThursday C2C Mini-Blog: Relationships

#ThankfulThursday C2C Mini-Blog by Mindy G-P

Today I am thankful for relationships.

This came to me late in life as my existence had been plagued with fear and lack of feeling what I needed to. I was great at isolating, therefore not receiving nourishment or the many gifts the universe had to offer.

I’ve come to see that cultivating a peaceful space within myself provides me with a safe and sacred home to continually return to.  Connecting to ourselves in splendid solitude is the true gift of nourishment.

Furthermore, choosing to be alone by denying relationships forces us into a prison of isolation that is nothing more than a trap and an illusion. The increased distance from loved ones and friends brings a darker connection to sabotaging behaviors, making us feel better, if only for a brief time.

Reaching out to others, and allowing myself to be vulnerable became empowering as it connected me compassionately to what is truly nourishing.

Can you see the difference between being alone and isolating?

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#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog: Interpretation

#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.

As an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, I help my clients understand their personal energy as well as how they can resonate more powerfully with others. One of the topics we cover refers to the four internal energy blocks. Today’s WisdomWednesday tip is on one of these inner blocks.

Interpretation.

We are creatures of story. We love stories. In fact, we eat, breathe, buy, sell, sleep stories. If you want to get someone’s attention.

Tell them a story!

It’s true. We have all created a story about the circumstances and the people involved at one point or another. We do this so well, that we are often unaware of the stories we are creating.

Think of the classic “he said, she said” argument. In general, men and women typically see things differently. Essentially, they form ‘different’ stories about a given situation.

This week’s #WisdomWednesday – when we remove the story we see things much more objectively.

Written by Greg, our Performance and Executive Coach: Book your free 15-minute laser coaching session with Greg Here

#TransformationalTuesday C2C Mini-Blog: The Flying Trapeze

Written by Barb M – C2C’s Holistic Health Coach

Sometimes, I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings. I’m either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or, for a few moments, I’m hurdling across space between the trapeze bars.

Mostly, I spend my time hanging on for dear life to the trapeze bar of the moment. It carries me along a certain steady rate of swing and I have the feeling that I’m in control. I know most of the right questions, and even some of the right answers. But once in a while, as I’m merrily, or not so merrily, swinging along, I look ahead of me into the distance, and what do I see?

I see another trapeze bar looking at me. It’s empty. And I know, deep down in my heart, that this new bar has my name on it. It is my next step, my growth, my aliveness coming to get me. In my heart of hearts I know that for me to grow, I must release my grip on the present well-known bar to move to the new one.

Each time it happens, I hope—no, I pray—that I won’t have to grab the new one. But in my knowing place, I know that I must totally release my grasp on my old bar, and for some moments in time I must hurtle across space before I can grab the new bar. Each time I do this I am filled with terror. It doesn’t matter that in all my previous hurdles I have always made it.

Each time I am afraid I will miss, that I will be crushed on unseen rocks in the bottomless basin between the bars.

But I do it anyway. I must.

Perhaps this is the essence of what the mystics call faith. No guarantees, no net, no insurance, but we do it anyway because hanging on to that old bar is no longer an option. And so, for what seems to be an eternity but actually lasts a microsecond. I soar across the dark void called “the past is over; the future is not yet here.” It’s called a transition. I have come to believe that it is the only place that real change occurs.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the transition zone is the only real thing, and the bars are the illusions we dream up to not notice the void. Yes, with all the fear that can accompany transitions, they are still the most vibrant, growth-filled, passionate moments in our lives.

And so transformation of fear may have nothing to do with making fear go away, but rather with giving ourselves permission to “hang out” in the transition zone — between the trapeze bars — allowing ourselves to dwell in the only place where change really happens.

It can be terrifying. It can also be enlightening.

Hurdling through the void, we just may learn to fly.

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#MotivationalMonday C2C Mini-Blog: Seeking novelty?

#MotivationalMonday C2C Mini-Blog: Written By Katherine M.

Although we humans are creatures of habit, we also crave novelty. Sometimes we just want to experience something totally new and exciting. We need spontaneity and novelty to stimulate our imaginations and our creativity so we don’t forget the joy of being alive.

Have you ever found yourself bored, restless, and craving something, wanting something so badly, but you don’t know what?

This restlessness can set in when your daily routine is the same day after day, without anything new, risky, or exciting to challenge you.

If you feel dulled by the sameness of your life, you are going to intuitively seek out something that will quench that appetite for novelty, even if just for a few moments.

Food, caffeine, alcohol and TV  are often the rescuers, providing us with new experiences that help us feel more alive and connected…

…but these are pretty limited in their ability to sustain us. Instead they end up draining us.

So this Motivational Monday is all about seeking novelty, finding those things that satisfy your desire for something new and unknown.

I love things that have to do with nature – last year I was out on the roof in a warm sweater with a hot cup of tea, watching a lunar eclipse. This year I shot a hunting rifle (at a target.) Magic and science all in one.

What is it for you? Here are some questions to help you find your novelty quotient:

  • What thrills and delights you, captivates your attention and energizes you?
  • What puts a sparkle in your eye, and makes you feel like a new person?
  • What challenges you to think in new ways, and to develop new skills and awareness?
  • What challenges you to move in new ways, and develop new strengths?
  • What are some things that you have never done, that you could do this week? (Example: never ran a mile, had a facial, held a beetle, biked to work, gone contra dancing, sang in public, painted a picture, read erotic literature, wrote a poem, ate a kumquat, traveled to ____?

I challenge you to do something you have never done once a week. It doesn’t have to be dramatic, just new to you! And while you are doing it, savor it from beginning to end.

Make a to-new list of things you can do without much planning, and the bigger things, like travel, that need more planning. And then just do them!

Written by Katherine our Menopause & Holistic Health Coach: Book your free 15-minute laser coaching session with Katherine Here

#SmartSaturday C2C Mini-Blog: Risks

Written by Elizabeth M – C2C’s Leadership & Executive Coach

Picasso is one of my favorite artists because he took risks and seemed to learn from them and then churn out something amazing. The information from ‘failure’ is essential to success.

When I’m contemplating a decision, I look to my idols of risk and think about what they would do; then I challenge myself to be more fearless. When I do, the benefit is that whether I succeed or fail, I’m building my resilience and leadership.

It could be as simple as pressing send on an email without overthinking what the other person will think. Risk invites leadership to the table as much as leadership invites risk.

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#ThankfulThursday C2C Mini-Blog: New Possibilities

#ThankfulThursday C2C Mini-Blog by Mindy G-P

In my coaching practice, the most common obstacle my clients face is feeling stuck – believing that for them moving forward is not achievable. The facts are that feeling stuck is a feeling, not a fact. It is a sign that it’s time to make a change. With respect to weight management, the only way to change your body is to change your mind.

Changing your perspective, how you react to situations will impact how you behave and allow for new and healthier habits. While what you need to do won’t be easy, it is always worth it in the end. Admitting something needs to change takes courage but it takes a lot more to dig deep and make that change happen.

The fear and negativity that keeps you stuck, weighs heavily on your mind, body, and spirit – lightening up your thoughts will create the lightness of being that inevitably makes your body lighter.

Today, and everyday going forward, be thankful for the new day, filled with new possibilities for you to realign yourself with the things you can do to be the change you want to see.

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